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German star signs for MTN Qhubeka

first_img20 August 2013South African Professional Continental cycling team MTN Qhubeka announced the high-profile signing of German star Linus Gerdemann on Monday. He has joined the team for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.Gerdemann rose to fame in 2007 when he won a stage of the Tour de France and earned himself the Yellow (race leader’s) and White (best young rider’s) jerseys.Since then, his successes have included victories in events like the Bayern Rundfahrt and Tour of Luxembourg. The 30-year-old will now use his experience to grow the momentum within Africa’s first Professional Continental team.“I am really happy to join the team,” he said in a statement. “We have a huge opportunity to make the sport big on the African continent and you don’t have this opportunity every day. I see huge potential for African cycling and it’s an honour for me to join the team.”Strategic moveGerdemann’s signing is a strategic move by the management team to use his experience to fast-track the development of the African athletes on the team. It is an approach that has already proved its worth and it is something the German star is relishing.“I see that as part of my job here, to make African cycling bigger. The racing in Europe at the moment is tougher and bigger, so it’s important to have the experience to share. From what I’ve seen, though, the guys are motivated and with my experience I think I definitely want to help African cycling to grow.”Chief Marketing Officer for MTN SA, Brian Gouldie, expressed his delight with Gerdemann’s signing. “MTN is excited that Linus Gerdemann will be joining Team MTN- Qhubeka p/b Samsung for the 2014 and 2015 seasons,” he said in a statement.Proudly South African“Our Proudly South Africa Brand is making ground-breaking strides in Europe through a very successful partnership with Team MTN-Qhubeka.“Part of the dream of taking a South African team to the Grand Tours of cycling represents the pioneering spirit MTN SA has become well-known for entering new markets and facing new challenges. The teams’ performance and getting a South African team to the highest levels of world cycling is in essence a reflection of the character of MTN SA and why we have become the most successful African Brand,” he explained.“We are incredibly happy to have Linus join our team,” added Team Principal Douglas Ryder. “With eight Grand Tours under his belt, he will really strengthen our team in our Grand Tour aspirations for 2014 and 2015.“We have shown that we are able to support and build talent from the African continent, as well as resurrect riders’ careers due to the team’s high performance culture, management and sponsor support.Qhubeka Project“Our focus of racing for the Qhubeka Project inspires our riders to do so much more on the bike and give back to the sport they love. Their success makes a huge difference to so many other people.“A GC (general classification) rider like Linus will bring our team more opportunities as we aim to take African cycling to the highest levels of world cycling.”Left without a contract for 2013, Gerdemann was left to look for motivation and keep fit with no set goals. He said MTN Qhubeka team captain’s Gerald Ciolek’s victory in the Milan-San Remo Classic was a major motivator in his decision to join the South African line-up.“I’ve trained for a long time with him. For me, he is like a young cycling brother as we spend a lot of time together on the bike and off the bike.“It was such a great moment for me,” he said, recalling Ciolek’s huge win, “because I knew he had that potential and I was really happy to see him use it in one of the most important races on the calendar, and that was very inspiring and motivating for me.”Seamless transitionGerdemann said he expected joining a team registered in South Africa would be a seamless transition.“I have travelled a lot but, for me, South Africa is probably the nicest country I have been to. I’ve spent one entire summer in Cape Town for three or four months and really loved it.“Another time I spent a few weeks in Crystal Springs for altitude training, which isn’t too far from Johannesburg.“For me South Africa is fascinating and an amazing place.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Tourism Sector Is Attractive For Foreign Direct Investment

first_imgCEOs Know Campaign: Tourism Sector is Attractive for Foreign Direct InvestmentTsabeng Nthite – “There is no other sector in the country that is showing 8% growth per annum,” says Mr Sisa Nthsona, Chief Executive Officer for South African Tourism.Commenting on the industry as a key driver for South Africa’s economy during his interview for Brand South Africa’s CEOs Know campaign, Mr Ntshona said that the tourism sector accounts for 9% of South Africa’s GDP, and an estimated 8.5 % of the continent’s GDP, (up from 6.8 per cent in 1998).Mr Ntshona said: “From a business and development perspective tourism is a significant contributor – which in turn translates to job creation. 2016 was a record-breaking year, with 10 million international tourists coming to South AfricaSouth Africa is best known for its beach and safari holiday experiences. Stunning as the coastline and the game parks are, there is plenty more on offer to tourists, both in South Africa itself, and in the wider Southern African region. Ntshona says however that ‘South Africa is more than just the 3 Bs (the beach, the berg and the bush),’ – stating that the country’s secret weapon is its diversity and people.“I am constantly inspired about how South Africa fights above its weight. South African’s are ambitious, driven and passionate people. We are a diverse people who love out country, and our space and we want to share our hoe with the world for them to be part of our ever growing story,” concluded Ntshona.And it’s not just South Africa – the entire continent is set for a tourism boon. Speaking at the launch of Indaba in 2017, Africa’s top travel trade show, Ntshona predicted that Africa would be the new tourism frontier. He reported that the continent had an 8% surge in international arrivals in 2016, with Sub-Saharan Africa increasing by 11% and South Africa by 13%.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Late summer establishment of perennial forages

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Rory Lewandowski, CCA, and Mark Sulc, Ohio State University ExtensionWe are quickly approaching the second good opportunity of the year for establishing perennial forage stands, which is in the month of August. Most of us were not able to establish forages this spring, and many existing stands were damaged by the winter followed by the heavy rainfall this year. It is time to make preparations and be ready to plant perennial forage stands in the next few weeks.Typically, the main risk with late summer forage seedings is sufficient moisture for seed germination and plant establishment. However, many parts of Ohio have adequate soil moisture from recent rains, and the outlook for the first half of August is for normal precipitation levels. Prepare now and be ready to take advantage of planting ahead of storm fronts as they occur in late July and early August.Advantages to late summer forage establishment include the following: forage seedlings are not competing with the flush of annual spring and summer weed emergence/growth, soil borne root rot and damping off disease organisms that thrive in cool, wet soils are usually not an issue, and there may be fewer competing farm tasks than in the spring.A very important consideration for seeding forages that is especially relevant this year is herbicide carryover restrictions. This will certainly be an issue to check on acres where corn and soybean herbicides were applied earlier this year in anticipation of planting, but rains prevented those crops from being planted. Before you consider establishing perennial forages on those prevented plant acres, please be aware that many grain crop herbicides have long rotation interval restrictions that will not allow safe planting of forages this year. The 2019 Ohio. Indiana, Illinois Weed Control Guide provides a summary table of herbicide rotation intervals for alfalfa and clovers (see http://go.osu.edu/herbrotationintervals). Forage grasses are not included in that table, but any restrictions will be stated on the herbicide labels. So, be sure to double-check your herbicide application history against the rotation restrictions stated on the labels for the forages you want to establish.No-till seeding in August is an excellent choice to conserve soil moisture for good germination. Make sure that the field surface is relatively level and smooth if you plan to no-till seed because you will have to live with any field roughness for several years of harvesting operations. Sclerotinia crown and stem rot is a concern with no-till seedings of alfalfa in late summer and especially where clover has been present in the past. This pathogen causes white mold on alfalfa seedlings. They become infected during cooler rainy spells in late October and November, the disease develops during the winter, and seedlings literally “melt away” in winter and early spring. It can be devastating where the pathogen is present. No-till is especially risky where clover has been present because the sclerotia germinate from a shallow depth. Early August plantings dramatically improve the alfalfa’s ability to resist the infection. Late August seedings are very susceptible, with mid-August plantings being intermediate.In a no-till situation, minimize competition from existing weeds by applying a burndown application of glyphosate before planting. Using no-till when herbicide-resistant weeds are present, such as marestail in a previous wheat field, creates a very difficult situation with no effective control options, so tillage is probably a better choice in those situations.Post-emergence herbicide options exist for alfalfa to control late summer and fall emerging winter annual broadleaf weeds. A mid- to late fall application of Butyrac (2,4-DB), bromoxynil, Pursuit or Raptor are the primary herbicide options for winter annual broadleaf weeds. Fall application is much more effective than a spring application for control of these weeds especially if wild radish/wild turnip are in the weed mix. Pursuit and Raptor can control winter annual grasses in the fall in pure legume stands but not with a mixed alfalfa/grass planting. Consult the 2019 Ohio, Indiana, Illinois Weed Control Guide and always read the specific product label for guidelines on timing and rates before applying any product.For conventional tillage seeding prepare a firm seedbed to ensure good seed-to-soil contact. Be aware that too much tillage depletes soil moisture and increases the risk of soil crusting. Follow the “footprint guide” that soil should be firm enough for a footprint to sink no deeper than one-half inch. Tilled seedbeds do not need a pre-plant herbicide.Finally, keep in mind the following factors to increase establishment success.Soil fertility and pH: The recommended soil pH for alfalfa is 6.5 to 6.8. Forage grasses and clovers should have a pH of 6.0 or above. The minimum or critical soil phosphorus level for forage legumes is 25 ppm Bray P1 or 34 ppm Mehlich-3 and for grasses it is 15 ppm Bray P1 and 20 ppm Mehlich-3. The critical soil potassium level is somewhere between 100 and 125 ppm for many of our soils.Seed selection: Be sure to use high quality seed of adapted, tested varieties and use fresh inoculum of the proper Rhizobium bacteria for legume seeds. “Common” seed (variety not stated) is usually lower yielding and not as persistent, and from our trials the savings in seed cost is lost within the first year or two through lower forage yields.Planting date: According to the 15th edition of the Ohio Agronomy guide, planting of alfalfa and other legumes should be completed between late July and mid-August in Northern Ohio and between early and late August in Southern Ohio. Most cool-season perennial grasses can be planted a little later. Check the Ohio Agronomy Guide (see http://go.osu.edu/forage-seeding-dates).Planter calibration: If coated seed is used, be aware that coatings can account for up to one-third of the weight of the seed. This affects the number of seeds planted in planters set to plant seed on a weight basis. Seed coatings can also dramatically alter how the seed flows through the drill, so calibrate the drill or planter with the seed going into the field.Seed placement: The recommended seeding depth for forages is one-quarter to one-half inch deep. It is better to err on the side of planting shallow rather than too deep.Do not harvest a new perennial forage stand this fall. The ONLY exception to this rule is perennial and Italian ryegrass plantings. Mow or harvest these grasses to a two and a half to three-inch stubble in late November to improve winter survival. Do not cut any other species, especially legumes.last_img read more

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Walk the (Geocaching) Line

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Tell us (and share some pics)…what’s your favorite natural area in which to geocaching? SharePrint Related10 mistakes to avoid while geocachingFebruary 26, 2019In “News”Six tips for finding a geocache in an environmentally friendly wayMarch 4, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”4 Tips to Avoid Getting ‘Hangry’: Snacks for the Geocaching TrailJune 15, 2013In “Geocaching.com Videos”center_img Unless you live on the moon, you’ve probably gone geocaching in some sort of natural area—food garden, arboretum, provincial park, nature reserve, etc. Most areas have designated walking or hiking paths, but it can be sorely tempting to march straight off into the bush looking like Kipling’s Mowgli.Here are three reasons not to release your inner Tarzan unless you’re in your own jungle oasis (or…potted plant patio).1) You are a big, strong human, and you will crush the plants.Are you in the new King Kong remake? If not, then there’s no reason to blunder around crushing things. Your wanderings off the path are likely to leave a trail, one that another geocacher might follow thinking it leads to a cache. By the time the next person finds out your trail doesn’t lead anywhere, they’ve made it look even more like a trail that leads somewhere. You see where this is going. Big strong human, please keep all arms and feet inside the designated trails…2) Stingy, bite-y, slimy things.What’s red and green and stings all over? Poison oak, poison ivy, and stinging nettles. And they can really ruin a geocaching party. Keeping to the designated paths (and wearing your cargo pants) is key to avoiding these antagonists of the plant world. Nettles, like human children, are best seen and not heard disturbed.3) Every step you take…the land manager is watching you.Alright, so that may be unnecessarily creepy. But it’s the land manager’s job to make sure activities like geocaching are done in harmony with the environmental goals of the area. It’s the geocacher’s job to know what that means for geocaching. It’s true that geocaching in public natural areas is a privilege, not a right. Is this patch of hillside closed-off to protect sensitive species? Don’t go there human! No find is worth being kicked out of a park.last_img read more

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Parrikar trying to blackmail PM: Jaipal Reddy

first_imgFormer Union Minister and AICC spokesman Jaipal Reddy reiterated on Friday that the Congress’s demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale fighter jets deal.He said his party had never approached the Supreme Court on the Rafale deal.“We are ready for discussion in Parliament, but we want JPC because it can ask for all the documents and call every officer, including Chiefs of Defence Forces and the Prime Minister, before it,” Mr. Reddy told a press conference at the Congress headquarters here. Mr. Reddy, in Goa on a two-day visit to address his party’s “Jan Akrosh” rally demanding ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s resignation, said the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely was afraid of facts in the Rafale deal and wanted to “avoid the dazzling light of truth.” Mr. Reddy accused former Defence Minister Parrikar of trying to “blackmail” Prime Minister Narendra Modi through the Rafale deal to retain his Chief Minister post. “Mr. Parrikar as Defence Minister was not taken into confidence by the PM while signing the deal and the next day Mr. Parrikar was on record stating that since the Prime Minister had agreed, he would back him.”last_img read more

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9 months agoSarri frustration over Chelsea transfer policy continues to grow

first_imgSarri frustration over Chelsea transfer policy continues to growby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wants two players to arrive at the club this month.The Blues have been linked with AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain, who Sarri worked with successfully at Napoli.And the Italian hinted that his demands were not being appeased by the Chelsea board.”As you know very well I am not in control of the transfer market,” he said”In my opinion we need two players, but it’s up to the club. As you can understand, I cannot tell you where [we need to strengthen]. The club knows my opinion.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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25 days agoMcTominay defends Man Utd boss Solskjaer: He’s the right man

first_imgMcTominay defends Man Utd boss Solskjaer: He’s the right manby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Scott McTominay is fully behind the club’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.McTominay believes that Solskjaer is the right man to lead United to success domestically and in Europe.The Norwegian has come in for significant criticism after his side’s dismal start to the season.They face a tough home clash against Arsenal on Monday night.”It takes time for a new manager coming in,” the Scotland international told The Mirror. “It’s not all of a sudden just going to click straight into place.”Once Sir Alex left, it was going to take time for the club to find the right manager, and I do believe that we have the right manager now in Ole.”You see different eras in football teams – everybody goes through transitional stages and we’re going through one right now.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo: N.C. State Spotted With “UNC Cheat” License Plate

first_imgNC Stae finger bumper sticker pointing at a UNC cheats license plate.Twitter/@keola_vWell, this was probably inevitable. N.C. State fans really, really don’t like North Carolina, and many have gotten a lot of joy out of the recent academic scandal in Chapel Hill. We’ve seen many fans get custom license plates, many of which are used to taunt rival fans. This “UNCCHE@T” license plate was bound to be made—the only real question was whether a Duke fan would be a State fan to the punch.School spirit I guess, lol #ncst #unc #wolfpack #tarheels #acc #ncstate #Duke pic.twitter.com/RrLYLryobI— Keola Victorino (@keola_v) July 7, 2015We’re sure the Tar Heels fans in the area really appreciate seeing this on their daily commute.last_img read more